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LOREEN SAMSON

First Nations artist, a Ngarluma woman from Roebourne, Western Australia, Australia.

About Loreen

Loreen was a respected artist who was passionate about teaching the younger generations in her community. She was born in Roebourne, Western Australia in 1973 and sadly passed away in 2020.

Aboriginal people from the area around Roebourne call themselves Ngarda or the Ngarda-nali, although people also identify with their language groups, referring to themselves as Ngarluma, Yinjibarndi, Gurrama or Banjima. These distinct groups have their own local traditions, so there is a mix of laws and customs found in Roebourne. Many people living in the town today have been displaced from their country since colonisation, and forcibly removed from their homelands as a result of the pastoral industry and, more recently, the impact of the mining industry.

Loreen painted about her feelings, social justice, mining, the thoughts she had of her heritage and the stories of her ancestors, using mainly colours of the land. She was a multiple Cossack Art Award winner, her paintings are held in the Australian National Museum, Canberra and Berndt Museum, UWA collections.

THE COLLAB

Loreen collaborated with Life Apparel Co in 2020 through Wangaba Roebourne Art Group to create this special edition artwork.

She is represented with one design in our retail collection.

Voice Of Land

Acrylic on canvas
2020

The land owns us, we don’t own the land. We learn from the land when we acknowledge that she is our mother, and she speaks to us. She has her own culture, and she teaches us. The land provides for us, and helps us to bring life.

Our ancestors walked these same paths, living in harmony with country. The roots of our people are entwined in the spirit of the land. Their footsteps on the land tell their stories, like drawings on rock walls.